My first wish is to join Toastmasters International! This is something I have wanted to do for years and years. At some point, probably 20 years ago, I looked into membership, but for some reason I was under the misconception that it was a men’s organization and that women were not allowed to join. Hogwash! I am happy to report that I have already fulfilled this wish. Okay… I was a bit antsy… you know, the way I have been every Christmas since I was two. I couldn’t stand the waiting. I should have written the wish down first and then gone for it, but I was too anxious. I immediately looked for the website (isn’t the Internet awesome?) and located a meeting close to work! There were lots to choose from, but I liked the idea of a weekly (rather than biweekly or monthly) meeting, so I chose to join the New Orleans Toastmasters group. There’s no GRADUALLY getting involved with Toastmasters, so I am learning. At my very first meeting (2 Mondays ago), I was picked to do a table topic (impromptu) speech (1 to 3 minutes) on the question “If you could go back and change things, what decision would you make differently?” I didn’t learn until the meeting was almost over that you could “punt” to another member of the group. Live and learn! This past Monday, I was picked (after two other individuals punted) to respond to a question about reality TV shows. I was told by several others after the meeting that they had no clue who the Kardashians were until I admitted (while blushing dramatically) that watching their reality TV show is one of my guilty pleasures.
At last week’s meeting, I also filled out the official paperwork to join the organization and wrote out a check. Immediately, one of the officers said “Now that you’re a member, you can volunteer to give a speech at one of the meetings!” And then she very casually turned to the person making out the next week’s agenda and said “Put Tina down for an icebreaker next week.” I smiled and said “I’m so happy to volunteer!” LOL! I am, actually. I am so excited and looking forward to Monday night. I am sure I will not be perfect at all, but the whole point is to learn and that’s exactly what I am hoping to do. I’ll give an update on my first speech next week.
In the meantime, be watching for more of my wish list to come! I’ve set up a category list on the right side of the screen. If you click the “20 Wishes” category, you can filter out only entries that have to do with my wish list. I look forward to sharing more with all of you! Have a great weekend, dahlins!
UPDATE, May 3, 2011: WOW!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better response to my speech last night! Everyone was so gracious and I ended up winning a ribbon for “Best Speaker.” I was so surprised because the competition was really tough. I went up against an award winning speaker who I so admire. She is amazing and just last week won first place at an important competition. I am so honored. I was most concerned about my nerves. I can sing in front of a gazillion people and I am not that nervous, but to speak in front of so many who are themselves great speakers… now that was a challenge! But I obviously hid it well. 🙂 At the next meeting, I will serve as the Table Topics Master, which means that I’ll be the one presenting the topics for the impromptu speeches. I can’t wait! I think I have found my creative passion!! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress. In the meantime, thanks for all the encouragement dahlins!